The two-year-old’s commence the nine race programme at Randwick on Saturday with a field of eight for the $125,000, ATC Heritage Volunteers Handicap (1200m). A total of 126 acceptances were received on Wednesday for the meeting.
The two-year-old field includes the Chris Waller trained debut winning Funstar. The Adelaide filly, the half-sister to Group 1 winner Youngstar, won over 1250m at Canterbury on June 5th winning with 3 1/4L in hand over a field that including more experienced three-year-old’s. The filly carried 52kg under apprentice Robbie Dolan.
On Saturday Funstar will carry 57kg with barrier two. The Snowden trained Leviathan is the top-weight with 58kg and barrier three.
The Zoustar gelding also won on debut on June 10th over 1100m on the Kensington track. He was fourth at the 400m and under Tim Clark with 57.5kg coming home well to win with 1 3/4L in hand.
The ATC Heritage Volunteers Handicap starts at 11.25am.
The feature of the meeting is the $125,000, Moet & Chandon Imperial Winter Dash (1200m) with a field of 11.
With Randwick’s Course Proper receiving just under 100mm of rain in the last seven days, 97.6mm as at Wednesday, the Course Proper is not surprisingly rated a Heavy 9.
It is also not surprising that Cranbourne’s Mick Bell is bringing up Jungle Edge to contest the Winter Dash. The eight-year-old Dubawi gelding has a near impeccable record on Heavy rated tracks of seven wins, including at Randwick, from 19 starts and with five placings.
Bell produced Jungle Edge to score his 16th win over all, from 69 starts, at Sandown-Lakeside on Saturday with apprentice Michael Poy guiding him to the win with 58.5kg over Malibu Style with 56kg.
Last year after winning the listed June Stakes over 1100m on a Heavy 9 track Jungle Edge was second to I Thought So carrying 60.5kg.
Apprentice Lucinda Doodt’s 3kg claim this year brings Jungle Edge’s weight down to 57.5kg and they have barrier three.
Ron Quinton has accepted with the other eight-year-old Dubawi gelding in the field, Boss Lane, after his fourth to Deprive in the listed June Stakes over 1100m on a Heavy 8 track. Boss Lane has won three from eight on Heavy tracks. James Innes Jnr rides with 56kg and barrier four.
The Snowden’s I Thought So is back to defend his 2018 win in the Dash after resuming for an eighth in the June Stakes, 3 3/4L from Deprive. The five-year-old So You Think gelding performs well on Soft and Heavy tracks with his three wins in those conditions. On Saturday he carries 57.5kg from barrier five, last year he carried 55.5kg.
The Winter Dash is Race 4 at 1.10pm
The rail will be out 6m for the entire circuit.
Sydney's weather will be fine and cool with 16c for Thursday and Friday. Saturday's forecast is for a partly cloudy day with a high (80%) chance of showers and 5mm-10mm possible.
Course Proper rated a Heavy 9 on Wednesday